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July 10, 2006

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Pam

OMG China, I'll be there! You're vinegars are much more exciting than mine, and sound really yummy! The herbal vinegar I make is from dill weed and garlic in apple cider vinegar for my fresh green salad, yummy, but your Nasturtium one sounds really good! Ohhh, and I'd love to try growing some of those Egyptian Onions, so I'll get to the annual Passalong Plant Sale early! Thanks for the tip! I'll have to see what I have in my garden that I can passalong, maybe some Tansy or Lovage. See you soon!

Marti

Well China and Ruby, I am in a dilly of a situation here so I won't be able to make the herbal vinegar class at this time. I am growing the cucumber vine that ate Texas and all of those cucumbers have ripened at the same time. I am going to make pickles and since I have never done this, I should be in for a real learning experience. Luckily my husband has experience with pickles so I will be in good hands. I grow basil, oregano and marjoram in my garden but don't have any lovage. Still I think I can make a pretty good herbal vinegar with just those herbs. Do you think that would work?

Looking forward to chatting with y'all again real soon.

Marti

Carin

That's sounds not to difficult, the making of vinigar. I never made some my own, but I will give it a try.

Egytian walking unions... never heard of them before. Don't think they grow in the Netherlands ... or have they walking away to pecanspring ;)

Mary Beth

Oooh! I love the walking onions!

I've made basil vinegar for gifts, but it was pretty unremarkable. Now I see that there's a world of combinations out there...can't wait to give it a try! Thanks for the ideas! Wish I could be at the workshop to do it with y'all!

Great to hear what's up in my favorite Texas town.

Dani G.

Hi you two,

I accidently discovered my now-fave salad dressing. We have a bumper crop of lettuces at the moment... and not bitter at all despite the heat ..... so recently, reached into the fridge and grabbed a little pitcher of what I thought was homemade vinaigrette. Turns out it was maple syrup leftover from Sunday pancakes! Eeek.... so I added roughly the same amount of good apple cider vinegar and grapeseed oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Well, the maple syrup and apple cider vinegar together is just serendipitously delish! And so easy; Old Herbaceous likes it, too, though I have to add a bit of juice or water for him to tone down the vinegar. Try this if you haven't already.... refreshing and good on any mix of greens.

Linda Mandeville

China, please put my name on the list! I have never made vinegars, but buy them instead. I grow some herbs, so I think I could learn to make them with help. Sounds like your class is just the thing!

Dani G.

One of the best places to use vinegar is to wash wool.... which begs the question, when is someone there going to take up knitting?? I can't believe someone, someone hasn't gotten hooked yet. Even boys are knitting these days. Ruby would look soooo good in those yummy new novelty yarn fashions! Plus, look at it economically. China could grow dye plants and add some kachings to the cash register. Or how about this.... have some knitting groups meet there for tea. Doesn't anyone near Pecan Springs raise sheep? I know y'all are busy, but how can life be complete without fiber? Without knitting needles? Mercy.

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